Distraction? Trump Sends Warships To Venezuela For “Counter-Narcotics Operation”

April 4, 2020   |   by James G. Dalton

In late February we detailed how President Trump is not giving up on pursuing military options for Venezuelan socialist strongman Nicolas Maduro’s ouster — even as Washington was forced to increasingly turn its attention to the growing coronavirus threat in its midst — now a full-blown pandemic radically altering the fabric of American society and the economy.

And Bloomberg had also confirmed at the time :”President Donald Trump is frustrated that pressure is building too slowly on Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and is still considering military options in the country, including a naval blockade, a senior administration official said.” It’s long been reported that Trump favors the naval blockade idea even as his generals have pushed against it on grounds of practical execution of such a bold plan.

Amazingly, considering the timing, the president announced Wednesday that he’s ordered Navy ships to move toward Venezuela as part of broader counter-narcotics operations in the Caribbean.

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This follows the White House last week issuing a $15 million bounty on Maduro and his inner circle over drug trafficking charges, amid sweeping indictments against what Washington dubbed a vast narco-state criminal enterprise orchestrated by the regime.

Considering all of this is being executed at a moment the United States now leads the world in numbers of confirmed coronavirus cases, which threatens to decimate an economy still on “pause” and extreme uncertainty still on the horizon, it must be asked: is this move on Venezuela (and it should be added – recent moves against ‘Iranian proxies’ in Iraq) all but a big attempt at coronavirus and record unemployment distraction? 

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Ron Paul certainly thinks so: President Trump and his advisors announced that the US military would begin conducting a “counter-narcotics operation” in the eastern Pacific and Caribbean.

Perhaps not coincidentally, Trump’s Justice Department indicted Venezuelan president Maduro on drug trafficking charges. Is the US about to “do a Noriega” on Maduro based on half-baked charged that the Venezuelan leader is some kind of drug kingpin?

Have the president’s war-braying neocons convinced him that the best thing to get our minds off of coronavirus is a “nice little war”? Today on the Ron Paul Liberty Report:

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  1. Joyce Young

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    April 4, 2020 @ 2:29 pm

    Great that he is protecting us in so many ways!!!!!😷😷😷🥰🥰🥰🥰

  2. John Day

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    April 4, 2020 @ 2:51 pm

    We have two epidemics threatening us at the same time. The CoVid-19 aiming at killing 100,000 people and drug o.d.’s at 70,000 per year. Trump is just expanding the fight by going after the narco state of Venezuela. I don’t believe this is being done for political gain. It’s more like Trump’s non-stop attack on the status quo and protecting our borders. Ron Paul sometimes has goofy ideas. Maybe it’s the Kentucky Bourbon. He is best ignored.

  3. Dawn

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    April 4, 2020 @ 8:36 pm

    Our President doesn’t have the luxury of focusing on only one thing at a time. He has to keep his eye on everything that is going on, not the least of which is our running war on drug trafficking.

  4. Robin Gazzo

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    April 5, 2020 @ 3:19 am

    This president is getting another four years, Brain dead voters keep democraps in government,

  5. Robin Gazzo

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    April 5, 2020 @ 3:26 am

    Time to clean out ELPASO COUNTY OF DEMOCRAPS,BUT PEOPLE HERE VOTE FOR THE SAME LAME DEMOCRAPE POLITICANS,WHO ARE RAISING PROPERTY TAXES,RAISED TAXES FOR THE SO CALLED COMMISSIONERS,RAISES,LOOL AT 2019,TAX BILL,RAISED$50.00,IF THESE ASSHOLES CAN’T LIVE ON$95,000 A YEAR,CUT THERE SPENDING AS REGULAR HOUSEHOLDS DO WHEN NECESSARY,EXAMPLE:A JUDGE THAT TURNED SENATOR,PANTY WASTE,THE LIST GOES ON.

  6. Cher

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    April 5, 2020 @ 2:06 pm

    There are more things happening in the world than COVID 19. As President Trump has to be on top of them all. Unlike the democraps who have focused only on one thing. Impeachment. They are so despicable it would not surprise me if the were in cahoots with the Chinese in sending the virus to the US just so they can blame something else on Trump.

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